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Chili Peppers May Induce Weight Loss

If you love chili peppers as a spice, it may help you lose weight as well. According to researchers at the University of Wyoming, adding capsaicin from chili peppers can help induce weight loss in mice on a high-fat diet (Biophysical Society 2015).

Chili Peppers - Weight Loss

Chili peppers contain capsaicin, a chief component that stimulates fat-burning to help you lose weight. Photo: Clipart

With nearly one-third of the world’s population being obese or overweight (World Health Organization), obesity has been a major concern for all researchers across the world. We understand that diet and exercise is the key to weight loss but new alternative discoveries seem to appear every day.

Following a restricted diet and eliminating fatty foods is tough for anyone seeking to lose weight but researchers at the University of Wyoming discovered promise in the potential of capsaicin. They found that this ingredient in chili peppers may fight obesity by stimulating energy-burning and converting white fat to brown fat. This study will be presented at the Biophysical Society’s 59th annual meeting this week.

“In our bodies, white fat cells store energy and brown fat cells serve as thermogenic (heat produced by burning fat) machinery to burn stored fat. Eating calorie-rich food and a lack of physical activity cause an imbalance in metabolism that leads to obesity”, explains Vivek Krishnan, a graduate student working in Baskaran Thyagarajan’s laboratory at the University of Wyoming’s School of Pharmacy. This basically means that brown fat cells are better because they have fat burning capabilities that help burn calories.

Researchers found that high-fat-diet obesity and dietary capsaicin –0.01 percent of capsaicin in the total high fat diet—prevented high-fat-diet induced weight gain with wild mice, but not in mice that genetically lacked transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1).

I agree with the idea that creating a natural dietary supplement to fight obesity can be simply advanced to human clinical studies. I enjoy chili peppers to add spice to my foods and if it helps burn fat as well, I will be sure to add more to my diet plan.

Leeman Taylor
Senior Criminal Justice Major at Florida A&M University
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer

Source: “What’s next in Diets: Chili Peppers?” 8 February 2015 Biophysical Society

Burn Fat by Drinking Red Wine

Red wine or even grape juice is not only good for lowering your blood pressure but it can also help you burn fat and lose weight. According to a new study at Oregon State University, red wine could spark fat burning when consumed in moderation (Okla, Meshail et al. 2015).

Red Wine - Burn Fat

Muscadine grape phytochemicals (MGP) found in red wine, has been show to help burn fat. Photo The Peregrine Reads

In the study, mice were fed a 60 percent high-fat diet plus given muscadine grape phytochemicals (MGP), a compound found in red wine for 10 weeks. Researchers found that MGP significantly reduced visceral fat mass or helped burn fat and that ellagic acid was a major component in removing fatty acids from liver cells. Neil Shay, PhD, a professor of food science technology at Oregon State University and the study’s lead author suggests, “ellagic acid may constitute a consumer-friendly dietary strategy that may be effective in reducing lipid accumulation and burning fat both in adipose tissue and liver.” I admire this idea because it’s a more natural approach to losing weight instead of the everyday fat loss-promoting supplements.

Venus Factor is a great fat loss system for women and it focuses on controlling the leptin hormone that signals hunger to your brain. Fat loss for women is very difficult than it is for men and this system only focuses on weight loss for women. I personally love grapes and its compound ellagic acid, has also been shown to slow the growth of tumors and eliminate cancer cells which are amazing health benefits.

This new study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry could give way to new dietary strategies for reducing fat in the liver using just natural fruits like grapes. I never knew that drinking red wine had such great fat burning qualities but if it helps to burn fat and lose weight, then why not have a glass of red wine in moderation?

Leeman Taylor
Senior Criminal Justice Major at Florida A&M University
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer

Source: Okla, Meshail et al “Ellagic acid modulates lipid accumulation in primary human adipocytes and human hepatoma Huh7 cells via discrete mechanism” Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, Volume 26, Issue 1, 82-90

High-Fat Diets: Fat Loss Facts

High-fat diets have been recognized to be a major risk factor for obesity, type 2 diabetes and other related diseases. According to the World Health Organization, more than 40 million children were overweight in 2010 and this pattern of obesity seems to continue (Ferreira & Muniz 2013). Proper dieting and exercise have always been the most effective ways to lose weight and stop obesity but today we will focus on low and high-fat diets.

Hight-Fat Diets

Diets that are high in fat are known to cause obesity, type 2 diabetes and other related health diseases.

Increased consumption of high-energy foods (foods with elevated quantity of fats, carbohydrates and salt) and lack of exercises are important factors for the pathogenesis of those serious health diseases in modern society (World Health Organization, 2012). Foods such as fried chicken, packaged or processed foods and too many snacks should be avoided because these foods are very high in fat. What about low-fat diets, are they effective? Although low-fat diets have been promoted as healthier and recommended for weight loss, they have also been associated with an increase in carbohydrate intake from plant-based foods (Ferreira & Muniz 2013). Therefore, just reducing the fat intake may not be the best strategy for a healthy lifestyle. Next we will discuss the truth about fat loss and myths about high and low-fat diets.

To be honest, all diets have their good sides and of course, their bad sides. Traditional dietary recommendations (diet and exercise), a low-calorie diet and an increased consumption of carbs and fruits and vegetables remain the best method for weight loss (Ferreira & Muniz 2013). High-fat diets have been associated with weight gain and a low-fat high carbohydrate, fiber, grains, and protein has been proven as the best diet to lose weight (Bray and Popkin, 1998; McManus et al., 2001; Wing and Hill, 2001; Astrop et al., 1997, 2002, 2005). Foods such as whole grains have been proven to speed up your metabolism so I consume these foods every day.

High-fat/high-protein/low-carbohydrate diets, i.e. ketogenic, that force the body to burn fats instead of carbs, in some instances, has been known as a promoter of a rapid weight loss and reduced appetite (Brarata et al., 2003; Bray, 2003; Crowe, 2005). Good fat-burning foods that speed up your metabolism are whole grains, fish, low-fat dairy products and peanuts. We will then have a discussion about the health effects and risks of low and high-fat diets.

Obesity

Over 2/3 of adults and 1/3 of children are overweight or obese.

It has been debated in the last century, whether fats are harmful to your health and what role does fat plays in dieting. The 1st Food Guide Pyramid created in 1992 showed fats at the top of the pyramid, meaning that their consumption should be minimized (Ferreira & Muniz 2013). Since there are different types of fats, which fats should you consume that are NOT harmful to your health? Saturated and Trans fatty acids should be avoided at all costs with consumption less than 7 percent. Life expectancy in countries that practiced a Mediterranean diet was among the highest in the world and rates of coronary heart disease (CHD), certain cancers and other diet-related chronic diseases were among the lowest (Willet et al., 1995). The Mediterranean diet consists of eating plant-based foods such as, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, olive oil, fish and drinking red wine in moderation (Mayo Clinic 2013).

According to proven research, it can be safe to say that daily physical activity along with a Mediterranean diet may be a very effective weight loss plan. Before I even knew what a Mediterranean diet was, I was already consuming the foods it contained so I have been accustomed to this diet plan for a while. The most important factor about this type of diet is that it works. Avoid the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and other associated diseases by avoiding high-fat diets and stick to a low-fat diet plan to maximize fat loss. God Bless.

Leeman Taylor
Senior Criminal Justice Major at Florida A&M University
Real Estate Investor. Internet Marketer.

Sources:

  1. Ferreira, Joao E., Muniz, N. “Low and High-Fat Diets: Myths vs Reality” February 2013 Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

2.    Mayo Clinic Staff “Mediterranean diet: A heart-healthy eating plan” www.mayoclinic.org 14 June 2013

Medical Marijuana Has Many Benefits

The right to Medical Marijuana or Amendment 2 would legalize the use of medical marijuana in Florida under certain conditions. You would have to be a patient or caregiver with an issued license by a physician and you could also attend registered medical marijuana treatment centers (www.ballotpedia.org 2014). Not just anyone can get a medical marijuana license though. Individuals must be diagnosed with a “debilitating medical condition” such as cancer, glaucoma or HIV. The Florida Department of Health would have the responsibility of regulating medical marijuana and it would issue identification cards and develop procedures for treatment centers. In the following passages I will discuss the pros and cons of medical marijuana, how poor people can obtain it and how I feel about the legalization of medical marijuana and amendment 2.

Medical Marijuana - Amendment 2

Medical marijuana should be legal in Florida

Medical marijuana has many benefits such as relieving symptoms that other drugs like Xanax can at a fortune of the price. The evidence is overwhelming that marijuana can relieve certain types of pain, nausea, vomiting, and other symptoms caused by such illnesses as cancer and AIDS in patients worldwide (www.medicalmarijuana.procon.org 2014). Sanjay Gupta, MD, Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN mentioned that marijuana doesn’t have a high potential for abuse and there are very legitimate applications. Also “sometimes marijuana is the only thing that works”, says Gupta. Arthritis is a very common disease with no current cure and marijuana has been proven to help alleviate the symptoms of this disease as well. Rheumatology reported in 2006 that “In comparison with the placebo, the CBM [cannabis-based medicine] produced statistically significant improvements in pain on movement, pain at rest and quality of sleep (www.medicalmarijuana.procon.org). Although there are several legitimate health benefits of medical marijuana, there are still those who disagree and believe legalizing it would be detrimental to society.

Critics who oppose Amendment 2 and the use of medical marijuana think it may be harmful to society by increasing crime. Bishop Ron Allen claimed that marijuana would increase crime and poverty in Berkeley and he explains, “Research tells us that marijuana has the same effects on the pleasure central system in the brain as heroin and crack cocaine.” (www.opposingviews.com 2014) Others like Mason Tvert, of the Marijuana Policy Project disagree with Bishop Allen, saying he didn’t know what he was talking about and marijuana has been proven to be less toxic and less addictive. “The fact is that Medical associations across the country and more than 80% of Americans think marijuana can help seriously ill people (www.opposingviews.com) says Tvert.” A study conducted by the University of Texas at Dallas found that legalized marijuana may reduce crimes like robbery and homicide (Ferner 2014).

Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana has many health benefits

Another possible downfall to the use of marijuana is that it may be a gateway or stepping stone to other harmful drugs such as cocaine. The Eagle Forum stated that “Since THC is continually in the body the “high” from pot gradually diminishes so pot smokers usually take other drugs to get a kick (www.medicalmarijuana.procon.org).” Sue Rosche, Founder and President of the National Families in Action says, “This issue received intense press coverage and California’s teenagers got the message, their past month marijuana use increased by approximately 1/3 that year, from 6.5% to 9.2% according to the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse. It’s still continuing to rise: 1997-6.8%, 1998-7.4, and 1999-8.4%. Even if the use of marijuana continues to rise and it is legalized, how will the poor people obtain access to it?

The City of Berkeley, California recently announced a new law in which medical marijuana dispensaries will have to donate 2% of their cannabis to low-income people beginning in August of next year (www.opposingviews.com). I believe this is a great law that other states like Florida can incorporate to regulate to use of medical marijuana if they decide to legalize it. With the donation law, poor people can gain access to the medical marijuana they need which is known to sell for at least $400 an ounce in California. This price is only the street value of the plant-form (what you smoke) of medical marijuana, other forms such as liquid or extracted may cost more. The most important part about state regulation is that poor individuals with “debilitating medical conditions” will have a way to obtain the medical marijuana they need to alleviate their health symptoms.

With all the credible facts that prove the amazing benefits of medical marijuana, I agree and stand firm with the legalization of marijuana. I have a grandmother who has epilepsy seizures and if a dose of prescribed medical marijuana will help her to feel better, why not give her or other patients dosages by pill? The Epilepsy Foundation issued a statement this year that supported the rights of patients and families living with seizures and epilepsy to access physician-directed care, including medical marijuana (www.opposingviews.com). There is no evidence of anyone dying from marijuana and my research concluded mostly benefits. Weighing out the good health benefits of medical marijuana and the fact that poor people may have a way to obtain it, gives the state of Florida all the facts and reasons it needs to legalize marijuana.

Leeman Taylor
Senior Criminal Justice Major at Florida A&M University
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer

Sources:

1. www.ballotpedia.org  “Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, Amendment 2 (2014) Ballotpedia
2. www.medicalmarijuana.procon.org October 2014 ProCon.org
3. www.opposingviews.comBishop Ron Allen Claims Medical Marijuana Will Increase Crime Poverty” 4 Sept. 2014 Opposing Views
4. Ferner, M. “Legalizing Medical Marijuana May Actually Reduce Crime, Study Says” Huffington Post www.huffingtonpost.com 27 March 2014